As many of you are aware, a new update was recently announced for Super Mario Maker. The update seems to be fairly meaty; it'll be adding a clown car that can spit fire, bumpers, P-Switch doors, a world record leaderboard, and functionality with the new website. Of course, this is all completely free of charge, and it'll no doubt open the door to brand new types of level designs.
Game Informer did a quick rundown of the upcoming features recently, and got a few quotes giving some background on them from Yusuke Oshino, the Director of the game. He first remarked how the fire clown car was added in order to add shooter elements to stages. This is something that hasn't really shown up in Mario games, but they thought it'd be fitting for a more open ended game.
We've been inspired by the huge number of courses that everyone has posted. There haven't been any shooter game-like elements in the Mario series to-date, but as Super Mario Maker offers so much freedom, we're hoping that users will be able to make even more worlds for Mario that have never before been seen.
As for the new bumpers, they were added primarily to expand upon the jumping mechanics of the game and to introduce an extra level of chaos to courses.
We added this item to further expand the jump mechanics of the game. We hope that players will create thrilling, maybe even nail-biting courses filled with jumps. Having said that though, players are free to find their own uses for it. It may be a simple item, but it holds an infinite number of possibilities, and we're hoping players will again find uses for it that we never imagined.
As for the P-Switch Doors, they were added primarily to give creators more freedom in the maze like courses they design.
We really struggled with this decision right up until the very end. For the people making the courses, not having the outline would be best. On the other hand, for the people playing, if there's no outline, they may not realize they have to search for a door, and won't have any hints where to look. Otherwise, players may be unsure about how to move forward.
P Switch-enabled doors are not the most straightforward items to use, and by adding this outline we feel we've given players more options for how they can use the doors to create puzzles. Super Mario Maker is all about giving users as many options for creating courses as possible, and it's exactly because of this we decided to add the outline in. We hope that players will come up with lots of creative new ideas, and make the most of this.
What do you think? What are you most looking forward to about the update? What else would you like to see added to the game? Share your thoughts in the comments below.